What would you do with $100 to help others in your community? This spring, second graders in South Orange-Maplewood (SOMA) schools will have a chance to win $100 and put their good ideas to work through The Littlest Volunteers Contest, sponsored by the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH).

The contest is part of a larger program organized by JLOSH that introduces elementary school children to the concept of voluntarism and encourages them to think about how they can help others, even at a young age.

Throughout the school year, JLOSH volunteers are visiting the South Orange-Maplewood elementary school libraries to give readings of the award-winning book, "The Littlest Volunteers", published by JLOSH. In "The Littlest Volunteers", Annie the Ant and her friends discover what it means to be a volunteer. They learn that they are never too young to volunteer, and they have fun helping others in their community.

"It is wonderful to witness the effect the book has on children," said Elizabeth Duncan-Pederson, JLOSH President and South Orange resident. "Once they read it, they can't wait to get involved in giving back to the community with their own projects."

Now JLOSH is inviting all SOMA 2nd graders to submit their ideas for helping others to the Littlest Volunteers Contest. You can work on your own or with a friend. To enter, please follow these guidelines: Describe who/what you would like to help in your community and how you would use $100 to do your project; You can include adults in your project, but you should design and plan it yourself; Write out your ideas by hand in no more than 10 sentences; Be sure to include your name, contact information and school.

Send your volunteer project idea by Monday, March 1, 2010 to: The Littlest Volunteers Contest, The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, 105 Main Street, Millburn, NJ 07041. Questions should be directed to Ms. Maura Bigelow at jlosh1913@gmail.com or call 973-379-9655. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2010.9 To learn more about Annie the Ant, visit www.thelittlestvolunteers.org. "The Littlest Volunteers" book is available at Words and Sparkhouse Kids.